WORCESTER, Mass.- Becker College defeated Western New England University 6-3 in Commonwealth Coast Conference men's hockey action Thursday evening at the Worcester Ice Center. The win lifts the Hawks record to 5-17-1 (3-14-0 CCC), while the Golden Bears drop to 8-13-3 (3-12-2 CCC).
Becker got the scoring started just 2:09 into the game when a Trey McMillen (Grapevine, Texas) wrist shot trickled through the five hole of Western New England goaltender Kevin Gollmer (Flourtown, Pa.).
The Golden Bears tied the game with 1:32 remaining in the first period when Matt O'Dea (Orland Park, Ill.) fed Steve Beck (Milton, N.Y.), who ripped a shoot into the top corner of the Becker net.
Corey Sherman (Hilton, N.Y.) gave the Hawks the lead 4:12 into the second period. Freshman Charles Costello (Philadelphia, Pa.) won the faceoff in the Golden Bear's zone, kicking it out to Sherman, who promptly scored on a wrist shot to give the Hawks the 2-1 advantage. Becker increased their lead to 3-1 just 57 seconds later when Brian Greene (Barnstead, N.H.) fed James Wallace (Levittown, Pa.) on a fast-break.
At the 8:29 mark of the second period, David Kleyman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) cut the Golden Bears deficit in half on an unassisted goal.
Becker responded with Charles Costello's first goal of the game at 10:12 mark of the second on a pass from John Tomkowiak (Lindenhurst, Ill.), upping the Becker lead to 4-2. Another Charles Costello goal with 5:55 remaining in the second period, sent the Hawks into the locker room with a 5-2 advantage.
Western New England made things interesting in the third period when CJ Totillo (Brooklyn, N.Y.) netting a power-play goal 8:15 into the final stanza.
The score remained the same until Charles Costello tallied an empty net goal with 1:32 remaining to not only secure the hat-trick, but seal a 6-3 victory and keep the Hawks playoff hopes alive.
Becker goaltender Cody Foster (Saugus, Calif.) made 40 saves, including 23 in the third period to earn the victory.
Kevin Gollmer suffered the loss for Western New England after making 16 saves in the first 30:12 of the game. Kyle Carducci (Hartford, Conn.) kept the Golden Bears in the game with seven saves.
The two teams will complete their home and home series on Saturday, February 10th at 3:30 p.m.